Big Sean, Juicy J and Alabama Tribute Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

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Big Sean could reach No. 2 with his "Hall of Fame," with rock act Avenged Sevenfold set to bow in the top spot.

Rappers Big Sean and Juicy J, along with a new tribute album to country band Alabama, are headed for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.

Industry sources suggest Big Sean's new "Hall of Fame" may sell around 70,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 1, which should enable it to make a top three debut next week. It's the follow-up to his debut studio effort, "Finally Famous," which opened at No. 3 in 2011 with 87,000 (according to Nielsen SoundScan).

As previously reported, rock band Avenged Sevenfold is on its way to a second No. 1 album. Its new "Hail to the King" should bow in the top slot with around 160,000 to 175,000.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Academy Award winner Juicy J -- of rap act Three 6 Mafia -- should see his new album, "Stay Trippy," also bow in the top 10. It might sell around 60,000. It will easily mark the best week for any of Juicy J's solo sets. He's never gone higher than No. 93 on the chart, a peak reached with 2002's "Chronicles of the Juice Man: Underground Album."

(Juicy J won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Original Song. He co-wrote "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" from the film "Hustle & Flow.")

Finally, the fourth top 10 debut next week will come from the new tribute album "Alabama & Friends." The 12-song set, which features contemporary stars covering some of Alabama's biggest hits, might sell around 25,000.

The new collection also includes two new songs from Alabama itself: "That's How I Was Raised" and "All American."

Alabama has scored 33 No. 1s on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart -- the most of any group in history. The new tribute album includes eight of those No. 1s, as covered by the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Avenged Sevenfold and Big Sean are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. The Building tally is a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week as reported by six major merchants.

As for the rest of the top 10: Luke Bryan's current Billboard 200 champ, "Crash My Party," is No. 3; while Juicy J is No. 4. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" sits at No. 5, while Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is No. 6. The latter is poised to make a return to the top 10, following his performance and multiple wins on the Aug. 25 MTV Video Music Awards. The album might see a weekly sales gain of 160%, rising to perhaps 40,000 copies for the week ending Sept. 1.

John Mayer's "Paradise Valley" is No. 7 on the building chart, while the Alabama tribute collection is No. 8. Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is No. 9 -- again, set to rise due to exposure on the VMAs.

Closing out the Building chart's top 10 is TGT's "Three Kings," at No. 10.

Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
Rank LW
BB 200
Artist Title
1 NEW Avenged Sevenfold "Hail to the King"
2 NEW Big Sean "Hall of Fame"
3 1 Luke Bryan "Crash My Party"
4 NEW Juicy J "Stay Trippy"
5 6 Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines"
6 22 Justin Timberlake "The 20/20 Experience"
7 2 John Mayer "Paradise Valley"
8 NEW Various Artists "Alabama & Friends"
9 18 Bruno Mars "Unorthodox Jukebox"
10 3 TGT "Three Kings"
The Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.

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